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Islamic education is penetrating the public schools and universities of the European Union with little concern to separate mosque and state, providing evidence of the growing religious and cultural impact that steadily increasing Muslim populations are having on the continent. The decision of the Catholic University of Leuven – the oldest university in Belgium and a major contributor to the development of Roman Catholic theology for more than 500 years – to offer a degree in Islamic theology beginning in 2014 caught the attention of Soeren Kern, a senior fellow with the New York-based Gatestone Institute as well as a senior fellow at the Madrid-based Strategic Studies Group.  “The proliferation of degree programs in Islamic theology is being justified by European governments – which are subsidizing the teaching of Islam in European universities with taxpayer money – as a way to ‘professionalize’ the training of Muslim imams, or religious teachers, many of whom do not even speak the language of their European host countries,” Kern wrote in an article titled “Islam Conquering Higher European Education,” published this week by the Gatestone Institute International Policy Council. “Some European governments believe that by controlling the religious education of imams, they can promote the establishment of a ‘European Islam,’ one that combines Islamic principles and duties with European values and traditions such as the rule of law, democracy, human rights and gender equality, Kern noted. “But critics say such efforts to create a ‘European Islam’ are naïve and misguided, and will serve only to contribute to the ‘mainstreaming’ of a religious and political ideology that is intrinsically opposed to all aspects of the European way of life.” More


The Syrian civil war, the potential for it to spill over into Lebanon, the possible humanitarian disaster due to the flow of more than a million refugees and the ouster of a democratically elected president of Egypt even though he is affiliated with the Muslim Brotherhood all pose a serious challenge to the security of the U.S. and its allies in the Levant, according to report from Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.  Those allies include Jordan and Turkey as well as Israel. “The onset of the Arab spring protests in 2011 brought dynamic changes to the political landscape of the Middle East and North Africa,” according to a report of the open intelligence Langley Intelligence Group Network, or Lignet. “Two and a half years later, the upheaval, which continues unabated in Egypt and Syria, is metastasizing across the region as it spirals out of control,” the report said. In just the Syrian civil war alone, more than 100,000 people have been killed, and it is said to have unleashed the worst humanitarian crisis since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. Syria is “increasingly turning into a regional, if not a global, battleground,” according to Robert Serry, the top United Nations envoy for the Middle East peace process. In Egypt, the ouster of President Mohamed Morsi by the military after only a year in office has galvanized Islamists in the country. The Muslim Brotherhood in particular has threatened to create its own Egyptian Free Army to mirror the Syrian Free Army that comprises the opposition to the Syrian government. More


The United Nations says jihadists are entering Syria at an accelerated pace, with other observers confirming that the Palestinian camps there have become “optimal locales” for al-Qaida-affiliated groups setting up bases, according to Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.  “Syria’s Palestinian camps have become theaters of war,” said United Nations Relief and Work Agency Commissioner Filippo Grandi. In all, there are about 10 official U.N.-mandated Palestinian camps, with three unofficial ones, with a total population of some 230,000 refugees. Informed observers say that seven of the camps now are under the control of Salafi jihadists, particularly the Jabhat al-Nusra, an al-Qaida offshoot group comprised of foreign fighters who have infiltrated into the Syrian opposition. Among the observers, there is concern over how the foreign fighters were able to take over more than half of the Palestinian camps. They say that the al-Nusra approach is similar to the way Fatah al-Islam, another al-Qaida group, infiltrated the Nahr al-Bared Palestinian camp near Tripoli in Lebanon. More


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